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by Jon Lucas
24 Dec 2020, 9:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Applecross on SA AW?
Replies: 29
Views: 1138

Re: Touring Applecross on SA AW?

Just to add to my comment about climbing it in thick fog. Fortunately the fog thinned enough on the downhill into Applecross, as otherwise that wouldn't have been fun. I did meet someone in Applecross afterwards who drove over it that day, also in thick fog, and said it was the most terrifying thing...
by Jon Lucas
23 Dec 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Applecross on SA AW?
Replies: 29
Views: 1138

Re: Touring Applecross on SA AW?

The other point about that peninsula is the costal road north of Applecross can be harder than the Beallach itself. It follows the coast and includes numerous down and ups at burns/streams. Typically the bridge is on the apex of the U bend so you can't carry speed onto the uphill. It saps the legs ...
by Jon Lucas
3 Sep 2020, 8:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Not Yorkshire? Must be Lancashire :wink: There is plenty of Yorkshire which isn't in the Dales, so don't discount it completely. However, there will be very few stations that only have pedestrian access in England (Berney Arms is one, but it isn't near there), and fewer still where that is across f...
by Jon Lucas
2 Sep 2020, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Bonefishblues wrote:https://youtu.be/LNBjMRvOB5M


Ok, further west might make it the Bodmin to Wadebridge line along the river Camel. Don't know if the river is tidal along that bit, or where it would be though.
by Jon Lucas
2 Sep 2020, 5:25pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Nearly there but nowhere to stay
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: Nearly there but nowhere to stay

There is the Sleeperzzz hostel in the old railway carriage at Rogart, north of Dornoch, about midway between Inverness and JoG. I've not stayed there myself but did hear good things about it when I was up that way (some years ago now). I did stay at the Bettyhill Hotel, which was comfortable and che...
by Jon Lucas
2 Sep 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Ravenglass? Westerer and much much Southerer than that :) JG was very much on the right tracks. The river Dart in south Devon is tidal as far as Totnes, so possibly somewhere along that where the Paignton & Dartmouth railway line runs? Though I can't spot any obvious locality on the OS map. Nor...
by Jon Lucas
19 Aug 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas
Replies: 47
Views: 2352

Re: Touring Destination 2 Months Mid Oct to Dec - Any Ideas

2 month LEJOG or JOGLE ... low daily milage and time to visit all the stuff the LEJOG'ers and JOGLE'ers miss .... .... no issues with travel ... simples ... i'd love to join you ... I agree with this, and he could follow the coast, as I did (though I took a lot longer than two months!). But doing L...
by Jon Lucas
11 Aug 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Looking for recommendations for a 7 day tour in England or Wales
Replies: 31
Views: 1177

Re: Looking for recommendations for a 7 day tour in England or Wales

Thanks for the many suggestions. My wife has spoken and she is keen on a Cotswolds tour. The main reason is she wants to visit Bath and Oxford and has always wanted to visit the Cotswolds . So we could start in Bath, maybe even spend a weekend, head to bourton-on-the-water then Oxford before going ...
by Jon Lucas
8 Aug 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

Over 4 days since anyone has had a stab at this. My first thought was also Swyre Head, but as it isn't, I now think it is probably on the east coast, and that we might be on the North York Moors again. If that is correct, I would hazard a guess at it is taken from the lane just south of Brotton, loo...
by Jon Lucas
20 Jul 2020, 5:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

That pointy bit's just outside Bristol isn't it? There are two in Gloucestershire, just north of Bristol, both on the Cotswold edge. I suspect this one is the tower at North Nibley, which is certainly visible from the railway line, looking much like that. If so, the view may be from the grounds of ...
by Jon Lucas
12 Jul 2020, 6:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Strawberry Line closed 29/30 June.
Replies: 37
Views: 1131

Re: Strawberry Line closed 29/30 June.

That is good news.

Does anyone know if the cafe on Yatton station, at the start of the line, has reopened yet? If so, I might well be tempted to take a ride out that way soon.
by Jon Lucas
12 Jul 2020, 6:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lockdown non-touring quiz
Replies: 1940
Views: 44834

Re: Lockdown non-touring quiz

That's one end of the first surveyed line of the grand mapping of the UK by the forerunner of the OS I think. A rather incongruous location, I think it ranges into Heathrow airport too, doesn't it? Well done! The location is Roy Grove, Hampton, Greater London, and the old cannon does indeed mark on...
by Jon Lucas
8 Jul 2020, 9:27am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle lift
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Cycle lift

A cycle lift up Park Street has been discussed for at least 20 years. The problem, as has been identified, is that there are side road junctions, two of which cannot be accessed easily from anywhere else, so they would be difficult to close off. Park Street isn't actually that steep - even I have cy...
by Jon Lucas
8 Jul 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Welsh pronunciation
Replies: 22
Views: 719

Re: Welsh pronunciation

After about 30 years of living in Wales I have a pretty good grasp of how Welsh place names ought to sound, though sometimes they come out slightly English sounding when I actually say them. And sometimes I like to say them with a deliberate Yorkshire accent, as I do with French place names, for co...
by Jon Lucas
7 Jul 2020, 9:34am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?
Replies: 37
Views: 1633

Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Whether the OP returns or not, there will be other people wondering about this as well, so worth continuing. When I cycled the coast of Britain I spent a month cycling in the north-west highlands seeing very few other cyclists or, indeed, other people altogether. But as soon as I got past Thurso, th...